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the united arabs pledged money. >> there's no military solution. this should be resolved through political solution. french troops are gaining ground in mali. they have taken control of the airport near algeria. french troops launched an operation three weeks ago. mali is a former frempnch colon. arabs have been kidnapped suspected of having links to the rebels and they have ramsacked shops. they sent a threat in nigeria. >>> three chinese naval vessels have left for exercises in the western pacific ocean be comments fueled concerns among china ea china's neighbors over how the military will deal with the number of territory disputes. >>> people living in china know the air they have been breathing is bad. they've created a higher smog alert to track air pollution. the amount of high particulate air has been high. an increasing number of chinese are suffering from respiratory problems. they decided to add a third level to their two-level smog alert. the highest warning now advises people to stay indoors. >> translator: i can't stand it anymore. i want to leave this place. >> translator: it
accuses the opposition on the spreading uncertainty. >> the united states is controlling all these machinations. they think his hour has arrived. it is an hour of madness with the right on the attack here and internationally. the people will remain resolute. >> he won his fourth mandate and october and is due to take the oath of office january 10th. if he dies or resigns, they call for new elections. >> in syria, opposition activists have began assaults on rebel positions in the suburbs of damascus. >> air strikes are being shown in the neighborhood of natoma. they had bombarded the district with artillery. there's no word yet. they have been followed four months. last august, it was the scene of the worst activist seen so far. >> sectarian protests continue where thousands of muslims have begun rallies to accuse the prime minister of showing solidarity by a attending friday prayers at a major sunni mosque. he is a rival of the prime minister and he appealed for unity among the religious groups. switzerland oldest private bank is closing its doors for good doctor pleading gui
his criticism of eu integration at the world economic forum in davos. >> gender equality in the united states -- the pentagon lifts its ban on women in front line and combat roles. >> on the chopping block, germany's second-largest bank plans to fire up to 10% of its work force. the european union is at a crossroads, and the british prime minister, david cameron, says if the blockheads towards the centralized political union, then it is not for him and not for britain. >> german chancellor angela merkel has chosen her words very carefully, responding at the world economic forum in davos by voicing conditional optimism as far as europe's future goes. she says that patience is needed for structural reforms to take effect. >> she has also called for more regulation of the finance industry to avoid more turbulence, a point of contention with britain. both agree that competitiveness is the key, but how to go about that is the big question. >> david cameron brought his message with him to the swiss alps. in his address to the world leaders in doubles, he repeated his demands for big changes
responds likewise. delegates at the united nations have agreed to expand sanctions on north korea. the security council condemned a rocket launch there last month. chinese delegates have long provided diplomatic protection for their north korean allies. but they approved the resolution and members adopted it unanimously. the statement criticizes the launch as a violation of previous resolutions. the security council will add organizations and individuals to lists of existing sanctions and freeze their assets. the north korean space agency is among those named. >> today's resolution also makes clear that if north korea chooses again to defy the international community such as by conducting another launch or a nuclear test then the council will take significant action. >> american delegates told the chinese the resolution would not bring in new measures but would build on existing sanctions. those assurances convinced the chinese to approve the resolution. >> and we believe that there's opportunity for all stakeholders of the peninsula, korean peninsula, to start a diplomatic track
sectors. that became a place whereby these former conflicting parties could be united and to communicate with each other. >> seya never thought destiny would take her to the world's conflict zones. but it was this photo of the rwandan genocide that changed her life at 17. >> if i was taking this photo, i would have to give whatever food i had to them, but ultimately it is not the solution, so what could we do? i did not have the answer. >> reporter: so she began searching, and for 15 years she hasn't stopped. she's devoted herself to peace through many organizations, including the jccp. the group has completed dozens of missions. but seya says there are limits to the success. >> i was in somalia training the local youth for them to be able to assess the risks in their community for certain projects. during that exercise, there was a somalian lady who showed death. i felt that even if we managed to create something positive in the community, there are some situations we cannot really save everything. >> reporter: yet she carries on, knowing each project brings a glimmer of hope. when do y
to halt fighting. morsi met iranian foreign minister in cairo on thursday. like the united states and gulf nations egyptian is urging assad to resign and supports the opposition but iran is backing the assad administration with russia. after the meeting they held a news conference. >> translator: to solve the situation in syria iran's cooperation is necessary. >> translator: the situation in syria should be solved by syrian, not by intervention from other countries. >> iran will cooperate with egypt. they will support mediation efforts by the un. >>> the public standoff between journalists and government officials is making more headlines. staff say they were censored. they have used their latest edition to take a jab at the communist party. >> reporter: the southern best weekly published its second edition on thursday. >> translator: i came to buy the news to know what's happening and to know the truth. >> translator: media restrictions are getting tighter. >> reporter: they did not run a story detailing their complaint. editors wrote even though the party had the right to control the med
, of the 22 countries in the first world, is here in the united states. that is not american exceptional is and we can be proud of. if we cannot agree to do something about that -- we did it about cigarettes, thank god. if we cannot do it, then let's just toss the old tall in now. >> can i pick up on that? >> with cigarettes, we had a de-glamorization campaign. we had tremendous success. smoking has been cut in half in about 50 years. it is the result of a culture. if we are talking about shootings and guns in this country, the equivalent would be the glamorization of guns in hollywood, videogames come in and on television. so you would want to start with that, but nobody in power will speak about that. the other elements are on the commitment of the mentally ill. there, the aclu and other lobbies are very strong. n those law were committement levels are straight, it is different. the only way you can ever achieve anything is the australian did it. 1996, they had a massacre. they confiscated guns, and there were none. that cannot be done. you cannot do it in this country, with its histor
authorities in the united states and japan are keeping in closer contact these days. most of their discussions involve the 787 dreamliner. the boeing-made plane has been grounded, following a series of problems. the biggest involves the jet's batteries. nhk world brings us up to speed on the investigation. >> reporter: investigators with the u.s. national transportation safety board have spent hours picking through the remains of a japan airlines 787 battery, hoping to find out why it caught fire earlier this month, while the plane was on the tarmac in boston. >> we do not expect to see fire events on board aircrafts. this is a very serious air safety concern. >> reporter: the lithium ion batteries play a key role in improving the 787's fuel efficiency. dreamliners have two sets of them. one is under the cockpit and provides backup energy in an emergency. the other is under the passenger cabin. it starts the jet's engines. the eight-cell batteries weigh half as much as conventional motors but provide the same amount of power. the problem is, they are more susceptible to catching fire when they
of destruction in the united nations world heritage site, looting tombs and burning into documents. residents have welcomed the soldiers with open arms. >> just days ago, the islamists still controlled timbuktu. now their flag has come down. soldiers and civilians are celebrating. >> i dreamt of this day. mali is being reborn. >> most residents of the ancient trading town were relieved when paratroopers arrived. timbuktu has been in the hands of islamists for 10 months. >> for 10 months, the islamists enforced a strict form of sharia law. this man says his hand was chopped up because he was accused of stealing a mattress. this woman says she was with and jailed for a minor offense. >> my head job -- hijab slipped off my face. that's why they put me in jail and beat me. >> residents have been raising the traces of the islamists. some have been taking revenge, plundering stores belonging to merchants suspected of collaborating. in ethiopia, a donor's conference has raised pledges of hundreds of millions of aid. its president expressed his gratitude. >> thank you on behalf of mali and the malia
the situation worse. japan, the united states and other nations use strict environmental regulations to control the levels of fine particulate matter. the chinese government set its own standards in february of last year after a wave of criticism both at home and abroad. but public discontent continues to grow, mainly in urban areas, as authorities in china struggle to clear the air. >>> parents wo who last their children in a mass shooting in connecticut are demanding stricter gun control. the gunman killed 20 children and six adults. sandy hook elementary school remain closed. stu students returned to class earlier this month at a different building. >> this is a promise to turn the conversations into action. things must change. this is the time. this is a promise we make to our precious children. >> i would respectfully request that every parent in this country who hears these words simply pause for a moment and think, ask yourself, what is it worth doing to keep your children safe. >> president barack obama says he plans to announce new gun control measures later this week. >> if there's a
. united nations secretary general said the fund raising goal had been exceeded. >> representatives from nearly 60 countries met in kuwait to examine how to help with the millions of people who have fled the fighting within syria and the 700,000 who are refugees in neighboring countries. the french military advance against islamist fighters in northern mali continues to make rapid progress. emma the troops have taken control of the airport over the weekend. virtually unopposed, the -- two other cities of the weekend. the french are now negotiating with tuareg rebels, who say they have control. >> onto economic news, and financial markets have been on the rise these past few weeks as hopes have grown that the worst of the year of crisis has passed. today in spain, there's a reminder that things are very bad still for millions of people. revenue figures show spain sank even deeper into recession in the final quarter of last year with the economy contracting faster than ever. more than one in four spaniards are already out of a job, and new figures suggest that unemployment could get even w
, the united nations says the nearly 150,000 people have escaped from mali, but almost 250,000 have been displaced in the country as a result of the conflict. france says it is sending more troops to the country to stem advances. >> so far, five days of aerial bombardment have failed to do that, and the rebel leader has promised revenge attacks against the french in mali and africa and europe. paris has told all french nationals to leave the southern town immediately. the embassy ordered the evacuation after rebels came to within 80 kilometers of the town. on the other side of the niger river, one town was seized by insurgents on monday. the fear is if they also manage to take strategically important cities, then the capital could be within their grasp. french forces began launching airstrikes last night on rebel positions to try to dislodge the insurgents. the french president visiting troops in abu dhabi says the mission is going to plan. >> the air strikes hit their targets. some 750 soldiers are currently deployed. we will increase this number so we can hand over to african forces as
not be used as pawns in a political fight. >>> people in the united amariter are worried about their exports. the train on the supply is growing. now this fossil fuel driven nation is considering alternatives. >> reporter: an international exhibition is under way focusing on water supplies and renewable energy. the crown prince of the united arab emirates says they realize they have a limit. >> translator: the united arab emirates has been providing the world with energy for half a century. we'll continue our efforts to provide a stable supply. it's our responsibility as a member of the international community. >> reporter: what prompted the concern is an impending sense of crisis. the gulf nation could lose its status as one of the world's leading oil producers. in 2011, the uae was seventh in terms of production but energy demands in the nation amounting in the face of rapid urbanization and a growing population. one of the most pressing issues is the secure enough electricity to convert sea water into fresh water. the country gets much of its water from the sea but surging water consumpti
united states from one house of the congress and that is something that i think the newcomen enthusiastic, young, committed members of his congress do not understand. they only control one house of congress. you can stop them blocked, which is, i think something that you're conservative you'd want to do to prevent some of the more expansive liberal legislation from happening. the problem they have now with the debt ceiling is this is again playing roulette. what they have to do is they have to have a caucus united on a simple demand. whatever it is, $1 in spending cuts for every $1 in debt increases, a balanced budget amendment, but something. they also made a tactical throw back. if they do not, they will get rolled. advice is' thoughtful, but when asked if they would expect -- accept $10 for $1, everyone said it was unacceptable. we are in a position where we'd like to take tough positions but we do not like to make tough calls. >> i think we will see something inherently different. i think the president is serious when he says he will not negotiate over the debt ceiling. he should not.
said he hopes to visit the united states soon for a summit with president barack obama. >> translator: through the meeting i want to show my country and also the world that the strong bond between japan and the u.s. has been restored. >> abe said japanese and u.s. officials are now working out the timing of his visit. prime minister abe's special envoy conveyed the willingness to improve ties with south korea. the president-elect park gave a positive response. they pointed out the need to face bilateral issues. abe hopes the new governments can build good relations. he handed park a letter from the prime minister expressing the wish. park said south korea and japan need each other in many ways. she said she hopes to work on reconciliation and cooperation while facing issues related to their common history. >> translator: we confirmed our shared view that we should improve ties from a broad perspective, even though there are several outstanding bilateral issues. >>> south korean president lee myung-bak visited disputed islands in the sea of japan last august. japan claims the islands w
of the un, to stop this conflict. >> the united nations has expressed concern that the rising toll of atrocities committed by both the government and rebel -- concern at the rising toll of atrocities committed by both the government and rebel forces. >> the u.s. has narrowly avoided economic meltdown. they have passed a deal to prevent huge tax heights -- hikes and spending cuts. under the current agreement, taxes will rise four american households making nearly half a million dollars, -- will rise for american households making nearly half a million dollars. talks on deep spending cuts have been delayed for almost two months. >> the u.s. pulled back from the dreaded cliff. 257 representatives voted for the deal. 167, most republican, voted against. a short time later, president obama stepped before the press. at his side, vice president joe biden. biden was instrumental in getting both sides to compromise. >> thanks to the votes of democrats and republicans in congress, i will sign a law that raises taxes on the wealthiest 2% of americans while preventing a middle-class tax hike t
of the earnings report season in the united states. a kickoff by alcoa, the aluminum maker. this optimism was translated here at the aluminum exchange into rising stock prices, and especially in demand were shares of the german the cap companies. the share index rose to a new record high on his wednesday. alabama we stay for a closer look at wednesday's numbers. -- >> we stay for a closer look at wednesday's numbers. across the atlantic on wall street this hour, let's check that out -- up 5.4%. the euro trading down just a tad against the greenback at a value of $1.3056. peugot says sales dropped last year. the automaker was hit by a drop in demand in europe where it sells about 2/3 of its cars. >> sales across the continent have slid as the eurozone crisis deepens, especially in spain and in italy. the company says it will intensify investment outside of europe and is aiming for half of its sales to come from overseas within two years. >> coming up, scientists are warning that the united states is facing severe drought for years to come. >> first, let's take a look at other stories makin
and the united states but also in europe. worldwide, some 1.5 million cars were purchased in 2012, an increase of almost 12% and a new record. vw subsidiary audi also scored a record, selling 1.4 million high-and cars and posting similar gains. mercedes sales hit a record high as well with 1.3 million cars sold around the world, up almost 5% on the previous year. mercedes, however, finds itself in the slow lane in china. the stuttgart-based company's pour sales were mostly self- afflicted. it had supply chain problems. the parent company says it wants to catch up with bmw and audi and is targeting 2020 as the year it hopes to be back on top of the luxury sector. >> global food prices fell by 7% in 2012 according to the united nations food and agriculture organization, which did its final monthly audit of a basket of food commodities for the end of the year. >> prices for grains surged last summer due to a drought in america. the fao had warned of a potential food crisis, but a combination of international cooperation and falling demand help to ensure the spike was short-lived. still, the fao s
the rebellion. >> the united nations' nuclear watchdog says it has again failed to reach a deal with iran in talks over the country's nuclear program. >> the announcement by the international atomic energy agency follows two days of intense negotiations with tehran. inspectors are trying to get access to a military site, which is allegedly used to test components for nuclear weapons. iran, though, denies that and underscores its right to nuclear research for civilian purposes. in -- another meeting is scheduled for february. >> all right, some business news now, and the chinese economy has beaten expectations for the final quarter of 2012 after nearly two years of relatively tepid performance byhe world's secondargest economic power. gross domestic product rose by 7.9% and 7.8% for the year as a whole. analysts say the outlook for china may be improving. chinese exports have continued to fall, but retail sales and industrial production have started to pick up. and germany's second biggest lender, commerzbank, could cut up to 6000 jobs according to a report. while there have been months of
german and french leaders are hardly united in the struggle for stability of the european currency, but some say that is nothing new. >> there is one thing to take from 50 years since the treaty is that we do make a difference. but this is perhaps not the worst strategy for getting through the current crisis. >> for more, we have our correspondent from the parliamentary studios. franco-german relations have been put to the test over the last year. has it caused by problems to date? >> of course the two have had their cautious over the strategy meant in tackling the eurozone debt crisis. we know that merkel is very fond of talking about universality. the clashes have been stronger between other heads of government between france and germany in the past 30 years. it is so fundamental to the sense of their identity. any clashes will not seriously rock about. >> why not britain or any of the other global powers? >> in fact, he insisted in the treaty there should be a preamble added that the franco- german friendship would not in any way prejudice the relationship between britain and th
responsibility for the attack. the militants claim they are holding 41 people from japan, the united states, france and other countries. french forces have moved into neighboring malia. they are retailuatiliating for t of those operations. the news agency dna says the militants have threatened to blow up the site if authorities try to intervene. the press service says the hostage takers have begun to release algerian workers in groups. security forces have surrounded facility. the state television was told the government would not negotiate with terrorists and was ready to authorize an attack. >>> u.s. president barack obama has urged congress to pass gun control laws the move follows last month fatal shooting of 26 people in connecticut. >> this time must be different. this time we must do something to protect our communities and our kids. >> obama wants is federal government to provide background information on potential gun buyers. the proposals would provide financial assistance to help schools beef up security. these measures are within the frame work of existing legislate. obama said
'm catherine kobayashi in tokyo. >>> japanese prime minister shinzo abe wanted to make the united states his first foreign visit since retaking office. but he had to give up on that because of scheduling conflicts. so he's taking time instead to visit japan's neighbors. he'll head next week to indonesia, thailand, and vietnam. abe wants to strengthen cooperation among southeast asian nations. several of them are caught up in territorial disputes with china. and security analysts say abe wants to keep china in check. u.s. state department spokeswoman victoria nuland said officials on both sides are still work out the detail of abe's visit to washington. she said secretary of state hillary clinton will meet next week with japanese foreign minister fumeio kishida. nuland said clinton spoke with kishida over the phone and repeated the stance on the senkaku islands in the east china sea. clinton said the islands are covered by the security treaty between the two countries. nuland said clinton urged chinese and japanese diplomats to hold talks to resolve the issue. >>> now, before abe heads off, h
in tokyo. politicians and pundits have warned for months of the dangers as the united states pushed closer to the fiscal cliff. they warned simultaneous tax increases and spending cuts would push the economy back into recession. members of the senate passed a bill aimed at steering the country away from the edge. but lawmakers in the house of representatives say they don't like the deal. the senate sent the bill to the republican-dominated house early on tuesday. it would raise taxes on people who made $400,000 or more and couples that earn $450,000 or more. it maintains tax cuts for the middle class. the bill postpones by two months major spending cuts scheduled to start on wednesday. house democratic leader nancy pelosi called for a bipartisan agreement to head quickly to a vote. but house speaker john boehner said many republicans are unhappy and want to rework the bill. they're calling for more cuts to social security. that could set up a showdown with the senate and risk turmoil on financial markets. >>> iran's navy conducted a six-day drill near the strait of hormuz in the persian gu
the united states. she used those visits to seek international support for reform in myanmar. >>> afghanistan's president hamid karzai is meeting barack obama at the white house on friday. it will be a critical meeting to negotiate the scale of any long-term u.s. military presence in the war-torn country. ahead of those talks karzai on thursday met with leon panetta at the pentagon. the secretary of defense says the military campaign is reaching its final chapter. >> after a long and difficult task, we finally are, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing an afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan, that can govern and secure itself for the future. >> afghanistan will, with the help that they provide be able to provide security to its people and to protect its borders. >> panetta said he and karzai made good progress but he declined to say whether they had agreed the size of the u.s. force that will remain in afghanistan. >> after a long and difficult path, we are finally, i believe, at the last chapter of establishing in afghanistan, a sovereign afghanistan that can govern and secure itsel
their support this afternoon to units in mali to fight against terrorist elements. >> so far, the german government is holding back. >> a military solution alone will not solve the problem in mali. we must therefore intensify political efforts. >> in germany has cast doubt on whether they will help train government forces fighting the chaotic situation on the ground. the presidents of the french operation in the western african country will last as long as is necessary. >> in washington, d.c.,, and karzai meeting with president barack obama a winehouse. they were reviewing strategy for the future of the two country's relationship. >> he said u.s. forces would be moving into a support role by this spring. he said that it was within reach. he said the afghan government would soon start direct talks with the taliban. for more on this story, we're going live to our correspondent in washington. what do we know now about the new framework for the u.s. a moment in afghanistan? >> the details on any security agreement that would kick in after 2014. president obama pointing out the goals of any s
activity by china and security concerns from north korea. he's planning to visit the united states at an early date to meet president obama so he can build a relationship of trust with him. the prime minister wants to confirm with obama that the realignment of u.s. forces in japan should be carried out. the obama administration wants japan to join the talks aimed at creating a free trade zone but abe's government faces strong opposition from the domestic farm lobby and other groups. these have led some government officials to call for caution in setting the timing of abe's trip to the united states. >>> a people tested by politics and history. innovators whose technology spread around the borworld. these are the faces of south korea. nhk world updates you on what's happening across the peninsula. >>> south korea and japan have decided its time to talk. the talks are seen as the start of attempts by the country's two new leaders to include frayed relations. during her election campaign puck said she viewed japan as a friendly nation and stressed the need to conclude an economic part
faithfully swear. that will i will execute the president of office of united states. >> obama described his priori priorities for the second term. he said prosperity must rest on the shoulders of a rising middle class. >> no single person can give our children what they need for the future or build the roads and research labs that will bring new jobs and businesses to our shores. we must do these things as one nation and one people. >> obama begins his term with several battles looming. he's try to work with the republicans to revamp laws and avoid defaulting on the national debt. ♪ and the rockets red glare ♪ the bombs bursting in air >> pop star beyonce sang the national anthem. her performance capped off the proceedings of the inaugural parade. then the president walked the route from the capitol building down pennsylvania avenue to the white house. his first inauguration true almost two million people. this time an estimated 700,000 turned out. >>> algerians are counting the human cost of a four day stand off after a natural gas facility. the victims were from eight countries. >> tr
to the politics of division and saying the united states could achieve anything if it acted as one. >> a decade of war is now ending. an economic recovery has begun. america's possibilities are limitless, for we possess all of the qualities this world without boundaries demand, youth and drive, diversity and openness. an endless capacity for risk and a gift for reinvention. my fellow americans, we are made for this moment and we will seize it so long as we seize it together. >> our washington correspondent was there. you were at the inauguration. obama had quite a big wish list. take us through it. >> well, it is not really a wish list. inaugural speeches are not the place for a wish list. but you can read between the lines. i would sum it up with two words, unity and equality. a message to republicans meaning let's work together for a change to try to make things better in america, especially economically speaking and also for the budget. now equality is something that rsonates very well with his voters. not just about gender and race equality but equality for immigrants. he talked about that
. the imf's growth forecast for the united states is 2%. that's as long as the country contains its fiscal crisis including the debt ceiling and fiscal growth. the imf has mained growth outlook for the japanese economy for 1.2% this year. they were warned about the risks of accumulating debt without consolidation measures. >> when the countries start with ray otio of debt to gdp, in bot cases it's much above. we vowed a clear plan for fiscal consolidation over the next five, ten years, it seems to many to be quite dangerous to increase the fiscal deficit. >> the u.s. house of representatives have agreed to raise the debt ceiling until may 18th. the bill will prevent the government from defaulting on its debt. the bill passed the house on wednesday after the republican majority changed its stance. republicans said they would not approve the bill unless the government made more cuts to social programs. republicans had public criticism that they were not consider the markets on a financial default. john boehner said to show the american people that it would move to balance the budget. >> they
over to its borders. the missiles have been sent by the united states, germany, and the netherlands, but not everyone approves of the move. on tuesday, a proud of -- a crowd of protesters. >> demonstrations against the patriot missile deployment have been taking place for days. the confrontation and threats against german soldiers reportedly arose from a protest like this one on monday. the five germans strolling through town in civilian clothing may have been mistaken for americans. turkish security forces managed to bring the germans to safety. the german government has called it a serious incident. >> this is unacceptable. against the backdrop of this incident, it will be necessary to speak closely with the turkish authorities about the threat posed to german soldiers. we expect our host country, turkey, to inspect the security of our soldiers when they move around in the cities. >> the german missile batteries are on their way to the southeast of the country. turkey requested the patriots from nato to defend itself against possible spillover from the ongoing conflict in syria. >
. >> you could hardly accuse the united states of indulging too much in austerity. we have added $5 trillion in debt. >> i am not saying that. i am saying that what we have at this moment is a decision of how much to cut and where. the democrats are recalcitrant about entitlements. republicans are almost foolish about the willingness to make enormous cuts. >> with reference to the inaugural address, charles, you write -- fascinating. >> since i'm not a plagiarist, i must say, this come from the president of the czech republic, an economist, and he is stating a truism. when the labor party came into office in britain, it nationalized left and right in the name of the working class. today, if you want to control the energy in the united states, you want cap and trade, you want to shut down the coal industry, suppress the new fracking technique, which has produced a bonanza and gas and oil, then you do it in the name of the planet, global warming. so it allows a political class of experts, central government to control economic labors in a way that was done in the past in the name of t
in the united states? >> no. major issues have not been addressed so far. if you look at the questions of automatic spending cuts and other federal programs they have been postponed for two months. and also included in this debate the u.s. once again reached their debt ceiling at $16.4 trillion u.s. dollar. the ceiling needs to be raised again. we are looking at further heated discussions. >> what about the world economy in general? >> if the current compromise passes the house of representatives the risk of the u.s. economy being pushed back into recession is calm as of now. the spending of private households is not endangered as it might have been and they are saying the u.s. economy will continue to grow in a moderate way. that is at least not bad news for the u.s. economy that the world economy is so dependant upon. >> thank you so much for your analysis. >> the north korean leader delivered a surprise new year's message and promised plenty of change in 2013. >> he vowed to turn around the countries floundering economy and called for an tonight the long running feud with south kore
committee's ranking republican, orrin hatch. a trio of perpetrators who treat the united states treasury as if it were a cash-and-carry annex of corporate america. the "times" story described how amgen got a huge hidden gift from unnamed members of congress and their staffers. they slipped an eleventh hour loophole into the new year's eve deal that kept the government from going over the fiscal cliff. and when the sun rose in the morning, there it was, a richly embroidered loophole for amgen that will cost taxpayers -- that's you and me -- a cool half a billion dollars. yes, half a billion dollars. amgen is the world's largest biotechnology firm, a drug manufacturer that sells a variety of medications. the little clause secretly sneaked into the fiscal cliff bill gives the company two more years of relief from medicare cost controls for certain drugs used by patients on kidney dialysis. the provision didn't mention amgen by name, but according to reporters lipton and sack, the news that it had been tucked into the fiscal cliff deal "was so welcome that the company's chief executive quick
-time record year in the united states, for example. we had 14 individual climate and weather related disasters that each cost this country more than $1 billion. that was an all-time record, blew away previous records. and in 2012, we had events ranging from the summer-like days in january in chicago with people out on the beach, clearly not a normal occurrence, an unusually warm spring, record setting searing temperatures across much of the lower 48, one of the worst droughts that america has ever experienced, a whole succession of extreme weather events. and i haven't even gotten to hurricane sandy yet. >> right. >> and the real question is at what point do we put on the brakes? so let me st use a simplifying analogy here. in some ways this issue is kind of like we're in a car driving through a very dark night, there're kids in the back, they're t buckled. we're fiddlingith the rao, we're probably eating something at the same time and we're passing warning signs that are sayi, "curvy road up ahead. mountain road up ahead. be careful, there are landslides." and yet we're going probably 70 mile
the story about how this loss of confidence is supposed to work. i mean, it's the united states is not like a european country that doesn't have its own currency. the u.s. government cannot run out of cash unless congress prevents it, you know creates an entirely self-inflicted shortage through the debt ceiling. how is it exactly that we're supposed to have this crisis that leads to a double dip recession? it really doesn't even make sense as a story. and yet it is one of those things that people say and by and large, are not contradicted on. >> we keep hearing from the right that we're here on the path to becoming greece, and you say that that's impossible? >> yeah. we, even if, suppose that people decided, investors decided they don't like u.s. government debt, it can't cause a funding crisis because the u.s. government prints money. it's even hard to see how it can drive up interest rates because the fed sets interest rates at the short end, and why exactly would the long run rates go up if you don't expect the fed to raise rates? it could lead to a weakening of the u.s. dollar against o
message. >> especially the youngsters should unite together about the state of the -- about what happened. this is an issue. we're not want to tolerate any more of this. -- we are not going to tolerate any more of this. >> the students say they are living in constant fear and are viewed as many -- viewed by many men as their game. -- fair game. they say they are routinely subjected to sexual harassment. >> i feel very insecure. i cannot go out alone at night. if i -- i am looked at a particular way. >> the young people also furious at the response to the ribs by some politicians and religious victories -- to the rapes by some politicians and religious figures. they say it is the woman's fault. one former civil servant on the sidelines of the demonstrations expresses a view of women, and in indian society. -- view of women common in indian society. >> why do women have to wear tight jeans? women's clothing should be modest. it should be like a burr, -- the burkha. it is modest. >> such attitudes are fueling their outrage. she says something has to change and they have to fight against such
planes operated by united airlines have been barred from taking off. european regulators followed suit. the 787 had been about to leave chicago to return to poland. >> confirming that they have cancelled the inaugural departure from chicago to warsaw. the plane has just arrived safely, landed just now about five minutes ago. the reason for the cancellation is that both boeing and the faa had issued a recommendation to our board in warsaw to cancel the flight. >> passengers were booked on to other flights. most were unfazed. >> my husband was flying, and i really do not want to take any risk. i would rather have him fly either tomorrow or take some flight tonight by different airplane lines. >> officials have reacted swiftly to the latest incidents. wednesday, a dreamliner made an emergency landing in japan because of issues with its batteries. the grounding could prove disastrous for boeing, which has its future writing on the aircraft. the investigation could take weeks. >> for more on the business fallout of all of this, let's go to frankfurt. whenever we talk about blowing, you also
with the shortage of medical and humanitarian supplies, the united nations says about 1 million people are going hungry. >> most of them are in regions where there is strong anti- government support and heavy fighting. it will food program says it has had to pull staff out of some of the most violent areas and also says the government will not provide security for aid shipments into some regions. faced with these conditions, many syrians are continuing to flee the country. to china now where protesters have gathered for a second day. anti-censorship rallies, around 100 demonstrators met outside the offices of the southern weekly newspaper. >> that are demanding press freedom and an end to what they call the oligarchs running the country. they decided to take a stand when state censors blocked the new year's message from the paper, which call for constitutional rights. we have mixed news from germany's export sector. newly released data shows german firms enjoyed a boom in sales abroad for much of the year, but things slowed down late in 2012. german companies sold over one trillion euros worth o
there is a great desire for change. >> reporter: khan's key difference is his policy for the united states. he has favored keeping the good relationship with the u.s. and important incentive. and governments have by and large turned a blind eye to u.s. drone attacks. but public anger over civilian casualties is growing. anti-u.s. sentiment is on the rise. khan says pakistan has suffered enough during the past decade. it resonates with voters. >> translator: let's withdraw from the meaningless war led by america. what we need is a new policy. >> when you do a bomb attack on a village through artillery or helicopter or drones, it kills innocent people and when you have innocent -- when people lose family members, these people are warriors. they pick up a gun and they become militants. this war has created more extremism. today there is more extremism than ever in pakistan. >> reporter: khan has lend support to u.n.-led positions. hideki, nhk world, islamabad. >>> south korea has been in news for its dance music. there's also a dark side. south korea has the highest suicide rate. elderly people age 6
front. >> that is climatologist heidi cullen. 2012 what's the hottest year in the united states since we started keeping records. different major disasters, including sandy. evan, will 2013 be the year where congress and the administration and the american people act on global warming? >> i wish, but i doubt it. they are we building on coastal areas as if nothing happened. i don't know what is going to take to make us wake up. >> should we discourage the rebuilding of the coastal areas? >> now, rebuild, but take into account the environmental changes you will have to make and the physical changes you will have to make. it is not a question of climate change. i listened with great interest to a segment on the rush limbaugh show this week where he discussed his idea that there is no such thing as climate change, and he played the statistical been of setting other instances of when we had a warmer times and cooler. and that you cannot make the case there is climate change. >> is there a case for denial? [laughter] >> one of the great physicists of all times is one of the skeptics on this. i
to identify viruses and analyze cyber cases. it proposes sending investigators to the united states to study fbi counter measures against cyber crimes. >>> japanese prosecutors have questioned two former executives of tokyo electric power company about the 2011 accident at the fukushima power plant. prosecutors are believed to have asked them what plans tepco made and pressed on the power supplier's prediction of the likelihood of a disaster of that magnitude. they are accusing both the government and tepco management of professional negligent resulting in death and injury. prosecutors are likely to face major challenges pursing their case. legal experts say it could be difficult to hold individuals criminally responsible for the accident. it may be necessary to prove the disaster was predictable and to detail the health impact of the radiation it released. >>> thousands of people waiting to go home. tons of debris waiting for disposal. vast tracts of land waiting to be restored. overcoming the challenges of japan's 2011 disaster won't be easy. but step by step, people are moving forward. fi
capacity ammunition clips in the united states. president obama vowed to tighten gun control after a man killed 20 children and six adults in a shooting in connecticut. >> a court in the u.s. has jailed american man for 35 years for his role in the 2008 mumbai attacks. he admitted to selecting targets for the attacks in which 166 people were killed. he avoided the death penalty after cooperating with u.s. authorities. >> mudslides have killed at least six people in ecuador. the disaster hit a gold mining community in the south of the country after hours of torrential rain. several homes were buried in mud slide. in berlin, the world's biggest agricultural fair is in full swing. international grain week attracts thousands of exhibitors and people keen to know the latest in a world of food. the public in general is becoming more picky about what they buy, and you cannot blame them after all the food scandals in recent years. >> today's shopper wants it all -- the right color, size, shape, and flavor. products on the shelves of modern-day supermarkets have just a few seconds to grab the buy
the opposition become more united in recent months. how much of a problem is that for morsi? >> we have this salvation front. the problem with the opposition is, besides the fact that -- it is everything but the muslim brotherhood. there is not much that unifies them. that is one of the problems. until now, they did not come up with that kind of vision of where to move. there are always economic problems with people out of work, with rising prices. they only want to get rid of the muslim brotherhood. just give us more time and everything will be better. none of them knows what to do with this country. >> morsi is in a position of a state of emergency. it looks set to bring back memories of mubarak, doesn't it ? >> we have a curfew. port said. suez. reports are that the rallies began at the moment the curfew's -- the moment the curfew started. it's are moving downtown import -- in port said. -- riots are moving downtown in port said. , in mali, troops have taken control of another major islamist --, in mali, troops have taken control of another major islamist -- >> in mali, troops have
are coming! >> so, could you explain your uniform for us? >> i am dressed as a musician in the united states corps of artillery. musicians wore red so officers could easily spot them on the field of battle. all right, guys! one quick thing! when the flag starts to pull as i'm raising it, you got to let go, okay? >> do you raise the flag every single day, even if no one's here? >> that is correct. we are mandated by law. president truman, in 1948, declared that fort mchenry should fly the flag 24/7, 365 days. >> like our country, our flag has changed a lot through the years. how long has the flag looked the way it does? >> the flag has had 50 stars and 13 stripes since 1960. >> that's when hawaii became our newest state. what is the most-famous american flag? >> the most-famous american flag is the flag that flew here in 1814. it is now in the smithsonian museum in washington, but it inspired the national anthem, and, therefore, it is the most-famous american flag. >> flag had 15 stars and 15 stripes, and if you look closely, the flag they are flying here at fort mchenry is the same -- just
tuesday in red, the 22nd of january. that's the day the united states senate could decide whether to return from the dead by reforming the filibuster and allowing democracy to work. once upon a time, the filibuster enabled a clique of senators, or even just one, to prolong things by speaking. you had to hold the floor continuously by not shutting up until you drop. that's what happened when mr. smith went to washington. >> mr. smith is here to see democracy's finest show of filibuster. free speech in its most dramatic form. well, i'm going to stay right here and fight for this lost cause. even if this room gets filled with flies. and if all the armies come marching into this place, somebody will listen to me. >> no longer. the rules were changed in 1975, and these days that one senator, or a clique of them, can bring the entire senate to its these without being there in person or saying a word. while our founding fathers believed in checks and balances, they feared that kind of obstructionism. alexander hamilton, the handsome, conservative man on our $10 bill, argued against anyth
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